Well, it took me forever to finish The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - B. and I were in San Diego and doing a lot of walking and not much reading. Then I figured I'd finish it on the plane but I got distracted by a bad film called The Holiday (which was like Love, Actually or Four Weddings and a Funeral watered down).
Anyway, I finally finished the Chabon book yesterday and I have to say the ending was really lame. I enjoyed the whole book very much but it concluded on a note of complete blahery. I wonder if Chabon got bored, or if his editor was putting the pressure on to finish. In any case, disappointing and underwhelming.
Now I'm about halfway through Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki. It's just okay. I've loved Tanizaki's work in the past - The Gourmet Club is a real favourite - so I don't know what's going on here. It's supposed to be a tale of passion and obsession but it's about as passionate as a deflated, dirty balloon in a parking lot three weeks after the fair has left town. Good thing it's short. I don't think I can recommend it.